Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Review: Little Caesars - Italian Cheese Bread

My Favorite "Cheesesticks"

Little Caesars is a pizza chain that uses a different model than most of the major chains. Like Papa Murphy's they generally don't deliver. Unlike Papa Murphy's, Little Caesars bakes the pizza for you. Back in the day, Little Caesars M.O. was to sell its specials in pairs, dubbed something like the "Pizza! Pizza!" or "Pan! Pan!" specials for about the same price as one regular pizza. Nowadays, their "thing" is the Hot-N-Ready where in the Costco fashion, they offer a limited selection of large pizzas (your choice of cheese and/or pepperoni) for immediate carry out for only $5 dollars. It's a pretty good deal for the cash-strapped, the impulsive, and those impatient for pizza.

Having tried Papa John's lackluster Cheesesticks previously, I also tried Little Caesars' Italian Cheese Bread which is baked in a deep dish pan rather than the hand tossed pizza style of Papa John's Cheesesticks. They also cost about two dollars less in my neck of the woods ($3.99). On the down side, Little Caesars' Italian Cheese Bread doesn't come with any sauces although you can spring for some at 49 cents a pop.

The result of using a deep dish pan gives the Little Caesars' Italian Cheese Bread a bit more texture than Papa John's which is essentially a hand-tossed pizza with just cheese on top. The Italian Cheese Bread on the other hand has a bit of char and crust from where the dough contacts the pan during baking, it is also thicker and more bread-like. Finally, Little Caesars' Italian Cheese Bread is actually seasoned with spices and Parmesan cheese.

All of this makes for a much more enjoyable product at a lower price. And that is why Little Caesars is my current choice for cheesesticks.

Nutritional Info - Little Caesars Italian Cheese Bread - per piece (46g)
Calories - 130 (from Fat - 60)
Fat - 7g (Saturated Fat - 2.5g)
Sodium - 230mg
Carbs - 13g (Sugar - 1g)
Protein - 6g
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